Quotations From JOSEPH DE MAISTRE

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  • 11.
    There is no man who desires as passionately as a Russian. If we could imprison a Russian desire beneath a fortress, that fortress would explode.
    Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821), French diplomat, philosopher. Four Chapters on Russia, ch. 1, quoted in Isaiah Berlin, The Crooked Timber of Humanity (1990).
  • 12.
    We are all bound to the throne of the Supreme Being by a flexible chain which restrains without enslaving us. The most wonderful aspect of the universal scheme of things is the action of free beings under divine guidance.
    Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821), French diplomat, philosopher. repr. In The Works of Joseph de Maistre, ed. Jack Lively (1965). Considerations on France, ch. 1 (1796).
  • 13.
    In the works of man, everything is as poor as its author; vision is confined, means are limited, scope is restricted, movements are labored, and results are humdrum.
    Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821), French diplomat, philosopher. repr. In The Works of Joseph de Maistre, ed. Jack Lively (1965). Considerations on France, ch. 1 (1796).
  • 14.
    We are tainted by modern philosophy which has taught us that all is good, whereas evil has polluted everything and in a very real sense all is evil, since nothing is in its proper place.
    Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821), French diplomat, philosopher. repr. In The Works of Joseph de Maistre, ed. Jack Lively (1965). Considerations on France, ch. 3 (1796).

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